With the first pregnant woman arriving on January 15, the Mbao-mi Mothers’ Home has quickly started serving the Tikonko Community. As this article is being written, 14 women are there awaiting childbirth, which will take place at the Tikonko Community Health Center nearby. The women come
In 2016, the Garden Club of Princeton, New Jersey, headed by Gigi Goldman (originally from Minneapolis, MN) generously assembled and donated a solar suitcase system for the Birth Waiting Home (Mbao-mi Mothers’ Home). It was officially installed in January 2018 after completing the construction of the Mbao-mi Mothers’ Home.
A very generous donation was made at the end of January by the National Organization of Sierra Leoneans in North America. Orchestrated by their president Suna Nallo, NOSLINA presented the Mbao-mi Mothers’ Home with much needed appliances, including generator, freezer, two refrigerators, and a water pump.
Above: Banner at the Birth Waiting Home Entrance
A huge thank you goes to the many (more than 400) donors who contributed to RHCI in the past 1000 days. These donations have made the Mbao-mi Mothers’ Home a reality, and have sustained RHCI’s other four key programs:
Outreach motorbike clinic
The Opening Ceremony for the Mbao-mi Mother’s Home on January 13, 2018 included dancers from the Mende Men’s and Women’s Secret Societies. Their participation added a very special component to the day and provided much enjoyment for everyone.
Below are scenes from the two-day training that took place at the new Birth Waiting home facility on January 8-9, 2018. This training was facilitated by RHCI in collaboration with staff from World Hope International, based in Makeni, Sierra Leone. During the two days, 53 health care staff were taught
Pictured clockwise from upper left: Manley Jongopie (RHCI in-country director), Alice Karpeh (RHCI Board member and founder), the Goboi dancer from the forest, the Paremount Chief Macavoray (right), District Medical Officer Dr. Turay, and the Community Health Workers at the event
On January 13, 2018, more than 300 people gathered
Returning by popular demand is the Third Annual Taste of Africa. Plans are in place for Sunday, March 18, 2018 from 5 to 8 PM at the Midpointe Event Center. The Duniya Drum and Dance Team that performed at the Fall Opening the Doors dinner event will return to entertain
As the cold wind howls and the snow flies in Minnesota, RHCI board members Alice Karpeh and Carol Nelson are making the three day trans-Atlantic journey to the tropical country of Sierra Leone in West Africa. The trip involves car (to airport), airplane (with two or three layovers), ferry from Lungi
As Rural Health Care Initiative pauses to reflect on 2017 we are grateful for many things, including our many donors and the support they have shown. Because of our supporters and their encouragement, RHCI has made much progress this past year.
RHCI’s major Sierra Leone accomplishments in 2017